What a great first week.
My sweet new bike. Going to be awesome when I get my MadFiber wheels. It's a Fuji Altamira 2.2 I'm really enjoying the Ultegra Di2
Saturday we loaded up the van and drove down to Greenville, South Carolina and met half the team for the first of two training camps. As we headed south it just got nicer and nicer. We picked up the pace a bit to get there in time to go a for a ride. As Ryan, Anthony, Matt and I had all come from cold weather climates we just had to get out and enjoy the 60's. We even made a quick trip up to Paris Mtn. before returning as darkness was setting.
Will Swan and my Dad getting the bikes dialed in the first day. Pretty cool set up with the tool chest on the back of the pickup truck.
The next day guys got dialed up on their new bikes and we headed out to a Paris Mtn then onto Caesars Head, and made a finale trip up Paris. It was a solid day.
Out for one of many great rides. Check out our sweet Rudy Project Gear. Hard to miss.
The following day we just chilled after the hard day of riding and the travelling down as the next few days would be hard.
We spent the next three days getting to know the roads of northern Greenville very well. Even when you don't hit any big climbs you get well over 6000 feet of climbing. Everyone on the team is super motivated and riding well as there has never been any other team training camp where I thought we should actually slow down. I would average at least 240 watts or higher and that includes drafting! So that shows how hard the guys at the front rode.
A flat tire for Anthony. It's good to have teammates willing to help.
One day we did loose a couple of riders on the ride. First Matt sent his chain into his cassette require us to leave him behind as he waited for a ride in the middle of the woods. Then an hour later the same thing happened to Andy. Good thing we had my dad and ace mechanic Will Swan out there to help us resolve these issues. The few extra stops helped the guys slam a few more Poptarts. Every time we stopped I swore someone was cracking into one.
Making some minor adjustments in the room following a days ride. Nice to see the Jacks Bicycle Shop Tshirts. Just like growing up.
The best story of our training rides was when we stopped at this back country store. The old guy sitting on his stool told us to take of our shoes before going in. Then he went on to ask a million questions, with the other guys joining in. Such as if we had an election up where I live because they didn't down there and if we voted for Obama. Then he found out Matt was from England and really went after him. Asking about he King/Queen and even if he wanted to buy a $5000 knife. We quickly hit the road and with the advice of my dad and Will watched the movie Deliverance.
The help did get out for a ride or two. As we slammed chocolate milk and GU chocolate Recovery mix after returning from our rides they slammed a few cold ones.
On to Florida for the next 9 days. While down there we will be competing in 4 races. The Euro's don't even know what to expect from the NCC criteriums so it should be fun to see them race and hear about it. Heck Matt just had BBQ, Chiptole, and Subway for the first time in the last week. It's always great to give guys new experiences.
Nobody thought I could get all the gear packed in the van and they wanted to get a rental car. I showed them how to pack. They enjoyed there cousy quarters with snacks and movies on the 9hr drive to Florida.
Wish us luck